CALGARY, AB -- The 2010-11 season is one to forget for blueliner Adam Pardy.
Just two games into the regular season, the 27 year-old dislocated his shoulder, knocking him out of action until Dec. 7. He had hoped the 25 games he missed would be the last of his injury woes during the year but unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
On Feb. 7th, in the midst of an intense battle against the Chicago Blackhawks, Pardy took a hit in the second period that would not only end his night but the rest of his season.
The hit ended up damaging Pardy's labrum and instead of trying to struggle through with "quick fixes", he made the decision to undergo surgery to repair the ligament with full support from the organization.
"I think that when I didn't have surgery (earlier in the year), there was always concern that it was going to pop out. Basically it was just a matter of time," he said. "There were days that I was sitting at dinner and had my arm on the table and it just felt it was going to fall out of its socket. I think the right decision was getting the surgery when I did."
It's been approximately eight weeks since Pardy had surgery to repair the labrum and while he's been able to ditch the sling he was sporting for the last month, he still is not able to put in a full workout.
"I hope to be (doing) full workouts between three and four months so I'll be able to get the summer training in and be 100 per cent for next year. That timeline is looking good. I know six months was the original timeline so that takes me to around August, late July, so everything should be fine. Everything's going to plan and it feels good."
Pardy's recovery hasn't seen any setbacks and he isn't concerned about his ability to return to the lineup next year, noting that if he hadn't chosen to get the surgery, he would have been putting his future in jeopardy.
"Moving on to next year, you talk to guys who let their shoulders go and they pop out 10 or 11 times and then when they go to have surgery after their career is over, their shoulder is mangled. They've got nothing to work with."
Despite the surgery's success, the Bonavista, NFLD native isn't taking any chances and will be following the Flames medical staff's advice to the T.
"There was pretty extensive damage to my labrum and had to put a lot of it back on. You don't want to screw that up. We don't want it reinjured and we've got nothing but time on our side. We're even waiting a couple extra weeks before starting lifting heavy weights and stuff like that. It's something we've got to look at and make sure we're taking care of it 100 per cent so that it doesn't happen again."